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Tim Burton directing an animated 'The Addams Family'? Oh, snap!

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Image Credit: Everett CollectionTim Burton has his 3-D follow-up to Alice in Wonderland booked: He’ll be directing a stop-motion animation version of The Addams Family, according to Mike Fleming at Deadline Hollywood. File under “things that make sense.” And also “things I am excited for.”

Burton’s Addamses will be based on Charles Addams’ original cartoons and not the old TV show or the ’90s movies. Look at that print and tell me it doesn’t scream Tim Burton. It so does! And not just because the Addams Family sports a goth-y aesthetic or is both friendly and creepy (though yay on both counts), but because Morticia and Gomez are one of fiction’s most romantic couples, and Tim Burton knows how to tell a love story. He’s a pro at adapting familiar stories — Batman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (let’s not speak of Planet of the Apes) — but my favorite entries in the Tim Burton oeuvre are ones that could be summed up as “I love something so much that I’m not like everyone else.” Edward Scissorhands. Ed Wood. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. The Nightmare Before Christmas. Big Fish. If he can infuse Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley, Thing, Cousin Itt, Lurch, Uncle Fester, and Grandma with that kind of self-possessed dreaminess, we’re all in for a treat.

Sing the song in your head, PopWatchers. Are you snapping along for this?